A family from Croatia teaches New Zealanders how to make splendid Chardonnay.
Kumeu is in the north of the North Island thus enjoying cool breezes from the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean as well as numerous clouds formations, making summer temperatures mild and the climate subtropical.
Along with this, the clay soils of the region hold the moisture at a great depth, and therefore the vineyard needs no watering.
As for the grapes, they are cultivated with the use of Lyre trellises, so as to achieve greater exposure to sunshine, and they are all picked by hand!
Dry white wine.
Chardonnay variety from Kumeu/Auckland, New Zealand.
Fermentation with residual yeast, in part in the barrel, and maturation with lees contact, make this wine very interesting on the nose, without loosing any of its finesse or character. Intense fragrances of ripe citrus fruit and melon combine with mineral notes.
Mouth filling, with intense alcohol feel as well as refreshing acidity, and balanced intensity and ripeness of fruits. With a lovely finish and 13,5% alcohol.
Retail Price: € 16